car bomb


Definition of car bomb 

: an explosive device concealed in an automobile for use as a weapon of terrorism

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The march was triggered by a car bomb in Helmand on March 23 that killed at least 14 people and wounded dozens. The Christian Science Monitor, "Afghans finish month-long march for peace," 18 June 2018 Belarussian journalist Pavel Sheremet was killed by a car bomb in July 2016. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Russia Murder Inc.," 30 May 2018 Michelle Tueini, daughter of lawmaker and journalist Gibran Tueni who was assassinated in a 2005 car bomb, is also running. Washington Post, "7 things to know about Lebanon’s parliament elections," 6 May 2018 Michelle Tueini, daughter of lawmaker and journalist Gibran Tueni who was assassinated in a 2005 car bomb, is also running. Sarah El Deeb, Fox News, "7 things to know about Lebanon's parliament elections," 5 May 2018 Last October, the leading Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia —who had been investigating high-level corruption in the country—was blown up in a car bomb. Simon Nixon, WSJ, "The Dark Underbelly of Europe’s Financial System," 14 Mar. 2018 The attacks began on Sunday morning when two car bombs exploded outside the African Union base in the town of Bulo Mareer, 100 miles southwest of Mogadishu, according to Abdifatah Haji Abdulle, the deputy commissioner of Lower Shabelle. Jina Moore, New York Times, "In Somalia, Shabab Attacks Leave Ugandan Peacekeepers Dead," 1 Apr. 2018 Typically, once the classroom portion of the course has ended, the agency will blow up a car on a demolition range using a real car bomb, and the students will comb the range afterward for parts and pieces of the device that exploded. Manny Fernandez, Serge F. Kovaleski And John Ismay, New York Times, "For Austin Bomb Investigators, Each New Blast Offers New Clues," 20 Mar. 2018 Authorities say Perez used similar materials in a car bombing two weeks before the mosque fire. John Maccormack, San Antonio Express-News, "Accused mosque burner’s own words part of trial," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of car bomb

1923, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of car bomb

: a bomb that is hidden inside or underneath a vehicle

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